Posted on Jan 3, 2016
by Rev. Mary Jane Morical Given January 3, 2016   We are yet basking in this holy season of hope and promise and good will generated by the birth of the Christ Child, so it is apropos that we begin to consider the cosmic energies of this new year. I have titled this message “2016—The Freeing Year of Forgiveness,” for its digits add to nine, the culminating number of the mathematical system of this earthly plane. Its esoteric watchword is “forgiveness,” the final overcoming that allows divine love to find fulfillment in us. I recap briefly: The Science of Numbers was delineated by Pythagoras, one of the philosophers of ancient Europe, who was born around 590 B.C. There were two phases in his teachings:  The Science of Numbers including arithmetic and musical harmony, and the second, The Theory of Magnitude, which included geometry and magnitude in motion, or astronomy. Numbers emit specific energies and affect all areas of creation, all kingdoms. Aware of the nature of each number’s energy, we can harmonize with, and utilize their particular qualities in our personal lives to coordinate with the movements of the ongoing cycle of the Cosmos. We are truly children of the Universe, each an integral individual part, and the more we recognize this, the easier do we handle the affairs of life. The nine numerical energy cycle is a most significant one, a summing up of the previous eight years, or cycles, a karma cleanser, a spiritual closet cleaning, a time to resolve and release, to make ready for greater opportunities of unfoldment and new beginnings. If we add together the first eight numbers, they total thirty-six, which reduces to nine, therefore the number nine contains the outstanding energy characteristics of all the preceding digits. This cycle requires much to fulfill in our personal journey of attainment, but its accumulated balance of all numerical vibrations offers ready support of whatever influences may be needed by any individual. The Cosmic Pattern of the number nine is:  It is the Force of the outgoing number One, the Light and the Peace of the number Two, the Imagination of the number Three, the Form and Order of the number Four, the Life and Progress of the number Five, the Responsibility of the number Six, the Intelligence and Perfection of the number Seven, the Judgment of the number Eight, the Compassion and Benevolence of the number Nine. Then we come to the Circle and the One, the repeat of the numerical vibration which added emphasis. The number Nine represents mankind’s last earthly lesson: “Forgiveness.” As the all-encompassing number energy, the ideals and principles of the Universe are more clearly in their harmony and balance to individuals who are truly sincere in approaching life with only loving intent. The nine influence does strengthen the larger impersonal view, our seeking of the greater good in all matters. Forgiveness is a big commission to fulfill, for in this complicated life on earth, there is much to forgive. The word “forgive” means to “Absolve, release, exempt, set free from binding restriction.” We tend to think of forgiveness as relating to persons, because we all are creators of conditions. However, to be happy and not care filled, we need a broader understanding of what this virtue entails. We humans put up far more resistances to life’s happenings than we realize — in matters of health, circumstances, natural divine outworkings, dissatisfactions with ourselves and others, and, yes, even questions of “Why, God?” How easy it is to imprison our good through thinking we know best, by clinging to what we want rather than humbly seeking our Heavenly Father’s guidance to fulfill the purpose for which we incarnated at this time. In his epistle to the Romans, the great apostle Paul reiterates the Christ teaching which so plainly defines the requirements to pass the final earthly lesson for forgiveness I quote: “Let not your love be deceitful. Abhor that which is evil; hold fast to that which is good, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor (showing preference to) one another. “Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer. “Distributing to the necessity (needs) of saints, given to hospitality. “Bless them that persecute you; bless and curse not. “Rejoice with them who rejoice, and weep with them who weep. (empathy) “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not vain glory, but associate with those who are humble. Be not wise in your own conceits. “Recompense to no man evil for evil. But be diligent to do things before the presence of all men. “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather restrain your wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will execute justice for you, said the Lord. “Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing, you shall reap coals of fire on his head. “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” After speaking and teaching, on more than one occasion, our Savior Wayshower Jesus concluded with the words, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Also he said to his disciples, “. . . blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears for they hear.” Cosmic events are moving rapidly, historical prophecies of dramatic changes being fulfilled all about us. Even those who have not been active seekers of divine understanding are noticing and asking, “What is going on?” Well, wondrous things, in the larger picture, temporal tribulations in the necessary adjustments in all of the kingdoms of this planet. Inspired individuals are adding more definite detail and interpretation, albeit there are, indeed, many false prophets in the mix. The December 22, 2015, issue of the Spokesman Review newspaper featured an article on the earthquakes that occurred last spring in the Sandpoint area. It was a short article, but one statement really stood out — it was as if I realized the widespread ramifications of such an happening. Daisuke (dui I suki) Kobayashi, a doctoral student in the University of Idaho’s geological sciences program stated: “For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, much of the landmass in the Northwest is slowly rotating clockwise . . .” Is it not interesting to contemplate the mysterious movements literally going on beneath our feet. Such large variations out side the normal patterns of structural motion can affect so-called “natural” wind direction, for instance, as well as countless smaller ebbs and flows in the physical kingdoms of earth. Esoteric knowledge tells us that these times are earth’s greatest as of yet, and that we are privileged to be a part of them. They are, and will be, dramatic, but our Savior told us not to be afraid but to realize who we are — eternal spiritual beings — and, in so knowing, be of cheer that we are one with God. Fulfill the attributes of the number Nine vibrations, and we will abide in safety, for the number Nine is divinely protected. We humans look for magical methods to gain the promised spiritual authority that triumphs over sin, sickness and death, that insures abundant life, when the wonder is that we already possess the way, the truth, and the life latent in the God-seed that animates us — all that is needed is persistent will to listen and learn, to submit to the ready guidance of the Inner spirit. The world of real estate trumpets the slogan, “location, location, location,” the heavenly chorus chants the invitation, “connection, connection, connection.” It is indeed a delightful day when we get our priorities straight, realize our true position in Creation, that we ourselves are visitors to the earth from higher realms, here with the purpose to enjoy the planet and assist it in its evolving. Viewed from that perspective, the challenges of living here do seem less burdensome, fears are lessened and confidence and faith increased. This coming Wednesday, January 6th, is the Epiphany, Twelfth-day, the Little Christmas, the anniversary of the coming of the Three Wise Men to honor the infant Jesus at Bethlehem. It closes the celebration of this sacred season. Let us share the Biblical account: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. “When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. “And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. “Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. “And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. “When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. ”And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. The wise men of old and the prophets believed and made the divine connection and wonders were revealed to them as well as protective warnings — they experienced the perfect love of the Heavenly Father. We have spread before us a new yearly cycle, bringing with it the influence of the number Nine energy with its grand outlook, its cosmic urge to rise up bigger and better, to make right past wrongs, to enlarge the thinking of humankind to include the Universal rather than the merely personal, to forgive all, that we may embrace all the glories unfolding, that the heavenly may be seen and heard as of old. May the year of 2016 bring to each of you heightened hope, deepest joy, the light of greater and greater illumination, and the lightheartedness of a beloved child of God who knows they are cared for and that all is well